Welcome to The Old School. We have 8 local, multi-award winning companies all under the one roof creating a unique, fun visitor experience. Chocolate shop and cafe, art-gallery and shop, hair and make-up studio, school of dance, pilates and yoga, beauty therapy, humanist society scotland and more!
In early 2011 an old Victorian building that was once a Catholic primary school lay empty. Vandals had tried their best to bring the building to it’s knees. The roof leaked, the floor had sank, scorch marks from attempted arson threatened to overcome this once proud, sandstone structure.
Before it was too late however, the building was saved from complete redundancy by local businessman Kevin Farish.
Seizing the opportunity that this beautiful and inspiring building offered, some local independent businesses helped Kevin transform the building in to the superb destination it is today. The building as it is today is a testament to the hard work, the sweat, and the tears put in by all involved over the years.
As of today, 31st July 2019, The Old School is home to a range of different but complimentary businesses. Award winning businesses. Businesses created and ran by local people. Celebrating local produce, creativity, and talent.
Muse Make-Up & Hair Studios provide bespoke make-up and hair styling, along with excellent make-up tuition. The Art Room is brimming with fantastic arts and crafts and gift ideas, as well as providing unique workshops for all ages. Dumfries School of Dance continues to be fantastically popular for a wide range of dance and performance classes, and Dumfries Pilates and Barre offer a range of inspiring, and challenging classes from their dedicated Soul Studio. Meraki Studio houses up and coming make-up artist Abbie Christie who’s reputation continues to grow. And artisan chocolatiers the Co Co Co. Chocolate Shop and Cafe offer delectable hand-made chocolates, sweet treats, and hot drinks. New to the building Tu Primus offer a range of services specialising in reflexology, and Lindsey Mason Ross brings her experience and skills to the building as a registered celebrant for the Humanist Society Scotland.
There is literally something for everyone within The Old School, and we are all very proud of the destination it has become today.